Spiritual Direction II

Course Description:

Spiritual direction is a method for helping people to develop their relationship with God. In order for that to happen, a spiritual directee must “feel safe” enough to risk within the context of engaging with a spiritual director. With that, spiritual directors must be mature enough to remain self-differentiated in order to be patient with the spiritual direction process. In this course students meet with a spiritual director as they learn firsthand about the structure of building trust, facing truth, taking responsibility for themselves as they guide directees to do the same as both of them together receive from God. In addition, students develop foundational skills such as practicing contemplative spiritual disciplines, attentive listening and facilitated stillness, and also that of generating gentle, fruitful questions.

Guiding Questions:

  • What does it mean to bear God's image?

  • What are the theological implications of Jesus actually being the Image of God?

  • What is the difference between the human spirit and the Holy Spirit?

  • What makes “spiritual direction” spiritual? Is spiritual direction not also soulful?

  • How can theological anthropology best be applied to the practice of spiritual direction?